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  • Missouri rule on track to hike ethanol blend in gasoline

    03/02/2014 3:57:09 PM PST · 8 of 21
    xsrdx to thackney

    E15 will damage most motorcycles. Stupid idea in general, corn is not motor fuel. Hopefully free market will kill it.

  • Is Connecticut preparing for gun confiscation?

    02/28/2014 4:15:17 PM PST · 43 of 46
    xsrdx to 2ndDivisionVet
    Much ado over nothing.

    They won't "confiscate" anything, at least not with a midnight SRT visit to your house.

    They don't have to - the law effectively keeps anybody with an unregistered "assault weapon" from ever leaving the house with it - mission accomplished.

    Take your unregistered "assault weapon" to the range, or gun shop, or rifle match, or *anywhere* - then officer friendly shows up quietly with his buddies to check your registration status and *boom* the rifle is confiscated and you go to jail, having done absolutely nothing wrong. The cases will take decades to appeal, and the state has your gun in the meantime.

    Nobody gets hurt, and the state gets their point across -one gun owner at a time.

  • Troops left to fend for themselves after Army was warned of flaws in rifle

    02/24/2014 4:46:47 PM PST · 98 of 127
    xsrdx to Timber Rattler

    The transition to the short barreled M4 configuration, combined with wartime demand for sustained full auto, revealed some developmental issues that required attention. The Army ARDEC and Naval Surface Warfare Ctr applied some engineering corrections to slow the rate of fire, decrease heat buildup and increase magazine reliability, and addressed the issues with the M4A1. That variant was not fielded widely outside SOCOM until 2012, which is probably the larger story lost in the “M4 carbine sucks” propaganda.

    556mm lethality is another constant point of contention, mostly brought up by those who have never shot anything with it other than paper. In moving to the 14.5” barreled M4 from the 20” M16A2, the issue M855 ammo no longer performed as well - you can’ t give up 5.5” of barrel and expect nothing will change, especially at extended ranges. But, troops love the carbine and greatly prefer the size and weight of the M4 to the M16 it replaced - and there is no free lunch.

    Thus the development of heavier 68, 75 and 77gr projectiles with higher ballistic coefficients that perform better at range when fired from the M4 barrel, at least compared to 62gr M855, while retaining the light weight, accuracy and high probability of hit endemic to the M4.

    After fielding the 762mm FN SCAR-H, SOCOM declined to adopt the 556mm version, maintaining it does not represent any significant improvement over the current generation M4 carbine. Keep in mind the SCAR was a clean sheet design, developed using the best engineering talent in the industry and incorporating hundreds of hours of dialogue with veteran combat riflemen.

    The “craps where it eats” blather and most other criticisms of the M16 series are meaningless in view of the impossible to ignore reality that no weapons system offers the accuracy, light weight, lethality, speed of engagement and high probability of hit equal to Stoner’s design, which is why it’s been in continuous service around the world since 1962 and is the most popular semiauto rifle configuration in the history of the US commercial firearms industry.

    If you insist on avoiding the gas impingement characteristic of the original design, there are excellent gas piston variants like the HK 416 that add weight and complexity while theoretically increasing reliability under certain conditions.

    Is 762 more lethal? Sure. Is the M14/M1A more effective at longer ranges or through hard cover? Certainly. Is a Kalashnikov variant more reliable under the worst conditions? Arguably.

    What none of that helps with is the fact than in a short to medium range rifle fight, the guy that hits first usually wins -and if the guy shooting at you has a 556mm rifle based on Eugene Stoner’s AR15, you are at a disadvantage armed with anything else.

  • Officer's Weapon Accidentally Discharges on School Bus

    05/16/2013 3:02:17 PM PDT · 70 of 126
    xsrdx to treetopsandroofs
    “Lauren Cummings, police community relations specialist, said investigators have determined the gun fired accidentally through no fault of the officer.”

    I guess they'll be initiating a massive recall of thousands of "accidentally firing" pistols any minute now? That doesn't seem very safe, having holstered handguns discharge at random intervals.

  • Officer's Weapon Accidentally Discharges on School Bus

    05/16/2013 2:28:11 PM PDT · 51 of 126
    xsrdx to chris37
    Secondly, my auto pistol, which is a Springfield .40 cal, has two safeties where the gun must be held in the hand thus pressing a plate on the backside of the handle, and the trigger finger must also depress a switch in the trigger before any pulling of the trigger can cause the hammer to hit the firing pin.

    The XD is striker fired like a Glock, there is no hammer or firing pin. The gun is specifically engineered not to fire unless the 1. Grip safety is engaged and 2. The trigger is pulled to the rear until the striker is released.

    I'm reasonably confident the number of loaded XD pistols discharging on their own is "zero".

  • Officer's Weapon Accidentally Discharges on School Bus

    05/16/2013 2:02:50 PM PDT · 34 of 126
    xsrdx to scott7278
    There just simply is not enough time, when the criminal already has the element of surprise, to chamber a round.

    +1, if you can't carry the gun loaded, don't bother.

    Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.

    Until the moment milliseconds prior to sight alignment on a target you intend to shoot, your finger should be outside the trigger guard.

  • Officer's Weapon Accidentally Discharges on School Bus

    05/16/2013 1:47:43 PM PDT · 16 of 126
    xsrdx to B4Ranch
    While the officer was sitting next to him, the student reached over and put his finger on the trigger of the weapon. The bullet went through the seat and hit the floor.

    Impossible as stated, no LEO duty holster would permit access to the trigger.

  • Obama Travels To Colorado To Talk New Gun Laws

    04/01/2013 6:16:04 PM PDT · 36 of 36
    xsrdx to basil
    He’s preaching to the choir in most of Colorado.

    The Hell he is, +1. This is not New Jersey, which will become very evident in 2014.

  • Timely with news (but vanity) Best bedroom gun safe???

    01/14/2013 12:21:04 PM PST · 43 of 43
    xsrdx to jdsteel
    The 5 button simplex locks are easily the fastest and most reliable. Mechanical lock so no batteries, and you can make the combo as easy or complex as you want.

    The only thing faster is leaving a loaded gun on your nightstand, which may be fine for some but not for all.

    Suggestions to leave the gun unloaded defeat the purpose of having a gun under your bed in the first place. This safe can be opened in less than 2 seconds from any angle, in the dark, with a reasonably secure combination.

    VLine Top Draw

  • Beyond 9mm: Concealed Carry in .40 and .45

    01/09/2013 11:46:04 AM PST · 91 of 105
    xsrdx to bestintxas
    Am rethinking that now as I think the shorter barrel may be better in event I wish to carry.

    G23 is near perfect compromise between the large frame and subcompact in .40.

    If you're going big, the G35 is one of the finest full sized fighting handguns in production.

  • John Noveske, R.I.P.

    01/05/2013 4:29:53 PM PST · 7 of 8
    xsrdx to smokingfrog

    RIP, magnificent rifles.

  • Soldier shot in chest, stomach, leg in accidental shooting at rifle range

    01/05/2013 7:43:03 AM PST · 2 of 13
    xsrdx to aimhigh

    Gahh - anybody new to full auto needs to be carefully supervised to prevent exactly this outcome.

  • "Every Man Should Carry a Pocket Knife"

    01/05/2013 7:39:06 AM PST · 157 of 179
    xsrdx to Moltke
    No knife thread would be complete without a Sebbie!

  • "Every Man Should Carry a Pocket Knife"

    01/04/2013 3:25:12 PM PST · 50 of 179
    xsrdx to golux
    Doug Ritter formed this group a few years ago to work on resisting and repealing ill-advised knife restrictions.

    Knife Rights

  • "Every Man Should Carry a Pocket Knife"

    01/04/2013 3:03:41 PM PST · 38 of 179
    xsrdx to virgil283
    Two of my favorites, Spyderco's Military above and the Al Mar SERE 2000 below.

  • "Every Man Should Carry a Pocket Knife"

    01/04/2013 2:57:06 PM PST · 34 of 179
    xsrdx to virgil283
  • BREAKING: NRA Cautiously Optimistic on Defeating Illinois Gun Ban Bill

    01/04/2013 10:24:09 AM PST · 22 of 22
    xsrdx to Tzimisce
    common sense gun laws

    Have you even listened to the NRA lately? You should - it's not 1968.

    Also, contributions to the NRA Foundation are tax deductible.

    In any case, if you think the NRA is "moderate", at least send a check to GOA.

  • BREAKING: NRA Cautiously Optimistic on Defeating Illinois Gun Ban Bill

    01/03/2013 2:17:56 PM PST · 14 of 22
    xsrdx to Tzimisce
    Great. The NRA is on the case. Joyous.

    Hopefully you're doing more to address the problem than just bitching about the NRA?

  • Important Statement from the National Rifle Association

    12/19/2012 2:22:56 PM PST · 71 of 106
    xsrdx to editor-surveyor
    Larry Pratt was the one and only person legitimately in line to head the NRA when globalist politics within subverted the policy written in the bylaws.

    I love a good conspiracy.

    It's all good, he's doing a fine job with his current organization and we're going to need all the help we can get.

    But by all means, keep trashing the NRA, so we can find out just how effective Larry and the rest of your "patriot" buddies can be at repealing all those pesky gun restrictions the NRA jammed through Congress.

  • $35 to Join the NRA for 1 year. I just did it.

    12/19/2012 1:16:59 PM PST · 34 of 40
    xsrdx to CodeToad
    What an idiot you must be to fall for some bz like that.

    The pro RKBA cabal staged a hostile takeover at the 1977 annual meeting, it wasn't a minor realignment.

    Harlon Carter and and Neal Knox have done more to preserve your RKBA than anybody else you can name and you don't even know who they were.

  • $35 to Join the NRA for 1 year. I just did it.

    12/19/2012 1:16:40 PM PST · 33 of 40
    xsrdx to CodeToad
    What an idiot you must be to fall for some bz like that.

    The pro RKBA cabal staged a hostile takeover at the 1977 annual meeting, it wasn't a minor realignment.

    Harlon Carter and and Neal Knox have done more to preserve your RKBA than anybody else you can name and you don't even know who they were.

  • $35 to Join the NRA for 1 year. I just did it.

    12/19/2012 12:15:14 PM PST · 30 of 40
    xsrdx to CodeToad
    You just gave money to the company that wrote and supported every major gun control law on the books and many that got shot down. That’s right, the NRA wrote and supported the 1934 NFA and the 1968 GCA and other laws.

    Total horsesh*t and a red herring - The NRA was forcibly restructured under Neal Knox and Harlon Carter in 1977 expressly because of the previous organizational leadership's support for gun restrictions.

    The modern NRA-ILA has nothing in commmon with the pre-1977 version except the name.

  • $35 to Join the NRA for 1 year. I just did it.

    12/19/2012 9:17:12 AM PST · 7 of 40
    xsrdx to MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
    Not interested. They haven’t come close to doing what they should have politically and we’re in even more trouble now.

    Whatever - pick your favorite RKBA organization and send money. Or, just keep bitching about the NRA and see where that gets us.

  • Important Statement from the National Rifle Association

    12/19/2012 9:02:50 AM PST · 54 of 106
    xsrdx to editor-surveyor
    If the NRA had any intention of “doing the right thing,” Larry Pratt would be at the helm, using the funds to uphold our rights, rather than the popinjays that are running that NAZI U-Boat now.

    All GOA has to do is convince 4 million gun owners they have the superior approach, instead of spending half their time bitching about the NRA.

  • Important Statement from the National Rifle Association

    12/19/2012 8:51:01 AM PST · 49 of 106
    xsrdx to wita
    The NRA literally has been on the side of government through the passage of every single onerous, gun bill against the rights of the American people, and the “shall not be infringed” portion of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.

    Were that truly the case, America would have been completely disarmed by 1980, a gun free zone from coast to coast except for cops and criminals. How likely is it that Kansas would have shall issue CCW today without the NRA?

    Elected officials could care less about what absolutists think, because most Americans don't either. The NRA can't afford to operate in fantasyland because doing so will only guarantee further erosion of RKBA.

    Perfect? Absolutely not, but claiming they're "on the side of the government" is hardly productive. And what they might have done prior to 1970 is irrelevant, as it was a much different organization.

  • Important Statement from the National Rifle Association

    12/19/2012 8:50:52 AM PST · 48 of 106
    xsrdx to wita
    The NRA literally has been on the side of government through the passage of every single onerous, gun bill against the rights of the American people, and the “shall not be infringed” portion of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.

    Were that truly the case, America would have been completely disarmed by 1980, a gun free zone from coast to coast except for cops and criminals. How likely is it that Kansas would have shall issue CCW today without the NRA?

    Elected officials could care less about what absolutists think, because most Americans don't either. The NRA can't afford to operate in fantasyland because doing so will only guarantee further erosion of RKBA.

    Perfect? Absolutely not, but claiming they're "on the side of the government" is hardly productive. And what they might have done prior to 1970 is irrelevant, as it was a much different organization.

  • Gunman had "altercation" with school staff day before masssacre

    12/15/2012 10:55:59 AM PST · 31 of 228
    xsrdx to Noamie
    This shooting spooked her in a brand new way.

    She's not alone.

    But I think we should be talking more about the illusory "benefit" - and real danger - of "gun free zones", and less about disarming the law abiding.

  • Gunman had "altercation" with school staff day before masssacre

    12/15/2012 10:03:23 AM PST · 1 of 228
    xsrdx
    Tried to buy a gun last week and could not - thus he shot his mom so he could take her guns - then stole her car, and forced his way into the school.

    What was the nature of the "altercation" the day prior?

  • MASSACRE: Up to 27 people, including 20 children, shot dead (now it's ADAM Lanza, 20)

    12/15/2012 7:16:10 AM PST · 177 of 189
    xsrdx to Shadow44
    We're on the same page, the primary distinction between "assault rifle/weapons" and "military style" or "assault style" that media has recently adopted is select fire, aka full auto capability.

    I would prefer that any tool available to LEO or military also be legal for law abiding US citizens to buy and own, but I am in the minority....

    CONN & NJ have the most onerous gun laws in America, shooter in this case broke about 25 of them before he even fired a shot. More "gun control" is not the solution.

  • MASSACRE: Up to 27 people, including 20 children, shot dead (now it's ADAM Lanza, 20)

    12/14/2012 2:06:43 PM PST · 86 of 189
    xsrdx to Shadow44
    The M1A is based off of the M14, but I think if anybody tried to classify it as a military grade “assault weapon”, they would be disingenuous.

    A number of M21 and National Match variant M14's were produced in semiauto only configuration, functionally identical to the modern M1A.

    Other than the trigger group, "military grade" is not a distinction, as it should be.

  • MASSACRE: Up to 27 people, including 20 children, shot dead (now it's ADAM Lanza, 20)

    12/14/2012 1:57:28 PM PST · 78 of 189
    xsrdx to DJ MacWoW
    The truth is that we don't know what he had.

    Reportedly a Bushmaster M4gery in the trunk of a car. Glock and SIG 9mm pistols on his person.

  • Gun owners enter the fight of our lives

    11/17/2012 12:13:21 PM PST · 113 of 113
    xsrdx to Joe Brower
    We gun owners find ourselves once more under attack from our own government, and half of us have nothing more to offer than bitching about the NRA.

    Amen.

    If you choose not to support the NRA, then you'd better be supporting the pro-gun organization of your choice with your dollars, your labor - or both.

    Now.

  • The Five Guns Every American Has To Own

    11/10/2012 6:42:11 AM PST · 47 of 47
    xsrdx to Berlin_Freeper
    Reliable autopistol in a popular caliber, G19 is a great choice that covers duty for open carry and CCW effectively. At least they didn't parrot "1911".

    .22 Rifle, you could do a lot worse than the 10/22.

    12ga pump shotgun, the Mossberg (or 870) defines the category. Auto shotguns are great, but you pay to play.

    Sport utility rifle, can't beat the AR15 in 5.56. If you only have one gun, this should be it.

    The Mosin is the odd choice, better off with a Springfield or Mauser in mil surplus, or a modern Remington 700 in .308.

  • Ancient teeth show how big cats lived with bear dogs: Both species preyed on wild boar, horses

    11/10/2012 6:16:53 AM PST · 8 of 33
    xsrdx to SunkenCiv
    leopard-sized cats

    Smaller than the N. American Smilodon, the largest of the saber-toothed cats.

  • Shameless, hapless vanity: Problem with the brakes on a 1993 F250

    05/20/2012 6:42:13 PM PDT · 19 of 41
    xsrdx to SVTCobra03
    The 2013 Ford F250 is amazing. Take a test drive.

    As well it should be, for $60k in a loaded 4x4 PSD.

  • Tennessee tourist arrested for bringing pistol into 9/11 Memorial

    12/29/2011 12:28:16 PM PST · 41 of 106
    xsrdx to mountaineer1997
    The NRA should be interested - this is clearly a case where a completely innocent, law abiding citizen is being singled out for simple gun possession absent any other crime. She's a model defendant.

    If DC v. Heller has any teeth, this would seem to be the test case to challenge NYC.

  • Chevy Volt turns one, what's next?

    12/23/2011 1:17:41 PM PST · 31 of 44
    xsrdx to jazusamo
    They’ll have to have a lot more investors to keep going at the cost of them, there just isn’t enough ELECTRIC car nuts out there for them to make a go of it.

    For the same money, no car guy would choose Tesla over a 911 or M3.

    Tesla/Fiskars are seeking a niche market inside of a niche market, but it could work if they keep production costs under control.

  • Chevy Volt turns one, what's next?

    12/23/2011 1:03:40 PM PST · 22 of 44
    xsrdx to jazusamo
    The Volt's biggest problem is the pricetag of course, as has been noted frequently. Buying a relatively practical $30k hybrid is one thing - even a Prius will run as long as it has gas in the tank - but spending $45k on a golf cart is another issue altogether.

    There are some phenomenal cars available at that price point, and choosing a Volt over a BMW 5 series, Mercedes C Class or GM's own Cadillac CTS takes some serious priority adjustment. That, and people that buy $45k cars don't really care about gas prices.

  • Chevy Volt turns one, what's next?

    12/23/2011 12:40:54 PM PST · 15 of 44
    xsrdx to Jack Hydrazine
    When does GM go out of business?

    GM still sells plenty of SUV's and trucks. They are not alone in fumbling the domestic sedan market, or overestimating the appeal of EV's.

    They need to downscale production targets pronto though because there is no significant market for plug in electrics in the US outside of a few urban centers.

    Not sure who besides the administration is leading them to believe otherwise, it certainly isn't consumers.

  • Tea Party Patriots leader arrested at airport for checking in lawful pistol

    12/21/2011 1:28:08 PM PST · 30 of 47
    xsrdx to freespirited
    The problem is, you can't have an unlicensed pistol in NYC, and attempting to check it is not much different than waving it around in the lobby. If he never left the airport, and went straight from baggage claim to the ticket counter, he might be ok under the GCA exemption.

    The question is why did he have the gun - if it was in his baggage, he was technically breaking NYC law as soon as he pulled it off the carousel. If he was just making a connection, it shouldn't have left the tarmac.

    Don't check firearms to locations that prohibit firearms possession.

    Even better, don't even visit those locations.

  • Unsustainable: Public School Teachers Make Twice the Private Sector Average

    12/16/2011 9:20:14 AM PST · 56 of 63
    xsrdx to MediaMole
    An elementary school teacher named Rebecca in the Waukesha School district is paid $57,006 in salary and $32,553 benefits for a total of $89,559.

    Your range of examples explains the $56/hr total avg compensation then, assuming 9 months of work - although I doubt every state compensates teachers as well as Wisconsin does.

  • Unsustainable: Public School Teachers Make Twice the Private Sector Average

    12/15/2011 2:51:01 PM PST · 25 of 63
    xsrdx to Vigilanteman
    $58K per year for 9 months work does, indeed convert to an annualized salary of $77.3K or almost exactly what you calculated.

    I used 8 months at $56/hr to get the $78k number, annualized it still sums to $116k full time.

    $58k for 9 months is about $36/hr, a much more realistic figure that nets about $45k annual.

    BLS $56/hr figure includes very highly compensated school administrators, or overvalued pension & benefit calculations.

    I don't know what the pension payout is for a typical public school teacher, but hard to believe it equates to $20/hr average.

  • Unsustainable: Public School Teachers Make Twice the Private Sector Average

    12/15/2011 2:23:24 PM PST · 16 of 63
    xsrdx to Carry_Okie
    They have every opportunity to go do some other work during that three month period.

    Not at $56/hr. They might be overpaid, but an annual number would be more believable; too many variables in a "per hour" number.

  • Unsustainable: Public School Teachers Make Twice the Private Sector Average

    12/15/2011 2:08:03 PM PST · 10 of 63
    xsrdx to Kaslin
    A manipulated statistic, $56/hr most likely "part time" where 3-4 months of the year are zeroed out.

    I don't know of many public school teachers making $116k annually, which is $56/hr full time.

    Figured against 8 months, that equates to about $78k, still very high for a nationwide average.

    Salary.com shows mid career teachers at about $48k annual locally.

  • 100 Worst Cars of All Time

    12/14/2011 11:57:25 AM PST · 74 of 108
    xsrdx to ZirconEncrustedTweezers
    - NOBODY who buys an Ariel Atom is buying it as a daily driver.

    I forgot about the Atom - absolutely no business on this list, even moreso than the 612. For it's intended purpose, i.e not running out for groceries in the snow, the Atom is all but flawless.

  • 100 Worst Cars of All Time

    12/14/2011 10:57:50 AM PST · 45 of 108
    xsrdx to xsrdx
    Yugo, Trabant, Citation, Pacer, Gremlin, Citation, Alliant, Pinto, Fuego, Aztec should be 1-10.

    Yugo, Trabant, Citation, Pacer, Gremlin, Chevette, Alliant, Pinto, Fuego, Aztec should be 1-10.

  • 100 Worst Cars of All Time

    12/14/2011 10:50:49 AM PST · 42 of 108
    xsrdx to decimon
    Ferrari 612? There were more than a few mediocre Ferrari's, like #57, but the Scag isn't one of them.

    '53 Corvette? Ok, unless you compare it to its peers, or track their value at auction. Concur with the '75.

    Plenty of deserving examples on the list, but more than a few that shouldn't be on there.

    We had an 82 280ZX for ten years, it was a bulletproof, comfortable and relatively quick car for the era.

    Yugo, Trabant, Citation, Pacer, Gremlin, Citation, Alliant, Pinto, Fuego, Aztec should be 1-10.

    Aztec is almost certainly the ugliest production car in history, if not the worst.

  • Panetta Flies VIP for Coach Rates

    11/22/2011 10:09:04 AM PST · 19 of 19
    xsrdx to jagusafr
    He's choosing to travel home each weekend, and reimbursing the treasury for the roundtrip coach airfare equivalent.

    His job mandates travel on gov't aircraft, thus he has no choice other than to not travel, which is hardly reasonable.

    I'm not familiar with details of Pelosi's situation, but I don't imagine she's required as a condition of employment to travel exclusively using gov't aircraft.

  • Man killed by his own concealed weapon

    11/21/2011 2:10:05 PM PST · 131 of 134
    xsrdx to All
    Horrible, tragic story, RIP and condolences to his family.

    As has been stated already, striker-fired and SA autopistols in general and Glocks in particular are not the best choice for carry in any fashion that leaves the trigger guard exposed.

    An "external" safety can be easily and unintentionally deactivated IWB, and is no panacea compared to a true DAO auto or revolver.

    Ultimately, if you IWB or deep conceal, consider a holster or true DAO.

  • Horror, resignation at killing of Ohio animals

    10/20/2011 12:37:34 PM PDT · 63 of 92
    xsrdx to redgolum
    One or two animals, I can buy the dart gun argument, if the animals aren't an immediate threat.

    You couldn't dart 35 big cats successfully in a populated area without taking enormous risk.